Obituaries August 21


Peter Dougenis

Peter Dougenis, a resident of Sag Harbor since 1982, died on August 13 at his home in Redwood. He was 84 years old. Mr. Dougenis graduated from the United States Merchant Marine Academy at King’s Point. He served as a deck officer in wartime North Africa, Sicily, England, France, Belgium and the China/Burma/India theatre. Mr. Dougenis served as President of the Long Island Chapter of the USMMAAA for two years, 1982/1983. In 2004 he was awarded the Distinguished Service Award from the Alumni Foundation Board of Directors.

Mr. Dougenis also earned a Bachelor of Science degree from New York University School of Accounts and Finance. He was last employed at Lepel Corp., Maspeth, Queens, a manufacturer of sophisticated electronic equipment, where he held the position of Corporate Vice President and was a member of the Board of Directors until he retired in 1986.

In 1992 he was voted in as a Trustee of the Sag Harbor Village Board where he served one term. During his tenure he was responsible for overseeing the renovation of Marine Park. The plans which were presented to him included many unnecessary and expensive “bells and whistles” as he called them, which he eliminated thus saving the Village $400,000. He said he wanted Marine Park to look the way it was and not like some fancy resort. He oversaw the entire project from beginning to end which included the installation of new bulkheading.

While in office he also instituted a reserve fund for the Sag Harbor Fire Department which set aside certain monies each year to be available for the purchase of new fire trucks or other large equipment thus saving the village from having to go into debt.

Mr. Dougenis is survived by his wife, Miriam (Molly), two nieces: Stephanie Argyris, M.D., of Brick, N.J. and Brooke Byrne of San Francisco, CA. and a nephew, Nicholas Pantinakis of Annapolis, MD. He was predeceased by his two sisters, Val Argyris of Oakhurst, N.J. and Betty Paulis of Sea Cliff, N.Y.

There will be a brief gravesite memorial service at Oakland Cemetery on Sunday, September 14 at 2 p.m.


Richard A. McAree, Sr.

Richard A. McAree, Sr., a lifelong resident of Sag Harbor, died at Southampton Hospital on Sunday, August 17. He was 80 years old.

Born in Sag Harbor on January 31, 1928, he was the son of Joseph J. and Anna (Quatrocchi) McAree.

Mr. McAree, a retired maintenance mechanic for Sag Harbor Schools, was a graduate of Pierson High School.  He was a veteran, serving with the United States Army from 1946 to 1948.

Mr. McAree was predeceased by his wife, Elizabeth (Ross) McAree in May 2007. He is survived by children Matt McAree of Sag Harbor, Nancy Labrozzi of Sag Harbor and Richard A. McAree, Jr. of St. Petersburg, Fla. He was predeceased by three children, Suzanne McAree, Elizabeth Thompson and Stephen McAree.

He is also survived by grandchildren T.J., Andre and Eric Thompson of Sag Harbor and Kyle, Erin and Trent McAree of St. Petersburg, Fla. He is also survived by several nieces and nephews.

A funeral Mass will be said today, Thursday, August 21, at 10:30 a.m. at St. Andrew R.C. Church. Interment will follow at St. Andrew Cemetery.

In lieu of flowers, the family asks that memorial donations be made to the Sag Harbor Volunteer Fire Dept. or Sag Harbor Volunteer Ambulance Corps.